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Life-Centered Dentistry

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When should I bring my child in for an appointment?

The best time is before there is a problem. At Life-Centered Dentistry, we want your child’s first visit to be fun. We know you want that, too. That’s why we suggest you bring him/her in some time after the first tooth appears and before the first birthday.

Watch this video for more ways to make that first visit easier.

What is Baby Bottle Decay?

How Can I Prevent It?

As your family dental professionals, we are just as concerned about your baby’s oral health as you! Baby bottle decay is caused by liquids containing sugars, including milk, formula, and fruit juices. These sugary liquids pool around the teeth while your baby sleeps with the bottle. This causes cavities to develop in the upper and lower front teeth. Fortunately, there easy are precautions to take against this happening.

Instead, give your child a bottle filled with water. If you breast-feed, don’t let the baby nurse continuously. After each feeding, make sure to wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a clean, damp washcloth or a gauze pad. Learn more about how to prevent baby-bottle tooth decay here.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
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What is Fluoride?

How Do I Know the Right Amount?

Fluoride is beneficial even before your child’s teeth begin to show. It strengthens the tooth enamel as the teeth are forming. In some cities, like Grand Rapids, the right amount of fluoride is added to the water for proper tooth development. You can call your local water company to find out if fluoride is added to your water. If not, ask your pediatrician or dentist about fluoride drops that can be given to your baby daily. If you use bottled water for drinking and cooking, be sure to tell your doctor or pediatric dentist. They may prescribe fluoride supplements for the baby.

Teach your child how to brush and floss!